Dental FAQs

Q) How do I know when it’s time to come in for a checkup?

We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a check-up and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know. Checkups are important because, although you don’t feel any noticeable pain, we still may find signs of potential oral health problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.

Q) What are crowns in an hour?

With innovative CEREC technology, we can create custom crowns, inlays, and onlays in about an hour. This means that in just one visit, you can receive a custom-made, all-white, reliable restoration. No temporary. No follow-up visit. It’s that simple.

Q) What are the benefits of a digital X-ray over traditional radiographs?

Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients. Digital X-rays emit about 80% less radiation than traditional methods.

Q) What is occlusion?

Occlusion, also called bite, is the way your top and bottom teeth fit together when you close your mouth. Your occlusion can be affected by injury, tooth loss, and eating habits, as well as cosmetic or restorative dental work. If your occlusion is off-balance, it can result in teeth grinding, chronic headaches, or TMJ disorder. The dentist will evaluate your occlusion during your regular dental exam.

Q) Who makes a good candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are implant candidates; however, an ideal implant patient has good oral health, adequate bone structure, and doesn’t smoke or drink. The dentist will evaluate your unique case to determine if implants are right for you.